Two rezoning projects have been the focus of the town planning staff at Barnson’s Mudgee office this year.

Both the development application for a 40-lot residential subdivision being managed by Barnson on Melton Road at Mudgee and the rezoning of 50 industrial lots on Hill End Road are at the consultation stage, with community and/or agency comment being sought by the Mid-Western Regional Council.

Barnson designed the proposed Melton Road subdivision and associated civil services, while also managing the DA with Mid-Western Regional Council. This project includes:

  • a site survey
  • subdivision and civil works design
  • a bill of quantities
  • preparing a Statement of Environmental Effects report
  • lodging the DA
  • preparing advice on drainage for the NSW Office of Water
  • negotiating with Council and Transgrid regarding a power easement, road network, stormwater control and treatment
  • a geotechnical assessment
  • project managing an Aboriginal archaeology assessment, soil salinity assessment and remediation action plan
  • advising on an application to remove asbestos from the site.

Meeting the design requirements of Council’s engineering and planning staff has proven a challenge, while Transgrid also imposed some tough restrictions relating to the power easement.

Meanwhile, the Mudgee team is also waiting on the outcome of a rezoning application Barnson prepared and lodged for 50 industrial lots at Hill End Road. Barnson gained initial support from Mid-Western Regional Council and the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for this proposal, which is now in the agency and community consultation stage.

The aim is to rezone this dormant parcel of rural land on the edge of Mudgee to industrial, in accordance with Council's Land Use Strategy. While there was some early debate over the proposed minimum lot size, with Council identifying larger lots as more appropriate, Barnson was able to justify the case for a mix of small and large lots, based on research into industrial-zoned land and existing approvals and for the purpose of lot yield and feasibility.

To date, the Barnson team at Mudgee has completed: a review of the Land Use Strategy; a detailed Planning Proposal report; and a concept plan of the subdivision.